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let's check the staying power of a john berman joke. chum-nado. all it it takes. >> staying power. that's it for us on "new day," "cnn newsroom" with brianna keeler begins right now. >> i love it, michaela can't even keep it together. adorable. thanks, guys, have a great thanks, guys, have a great morning. -- captions by vitac -- happening now in the newsroom -- terror at city council, a town hall meeting shattered by bullets. three people are dead and this morning a story of a hero is emer emerging, plus this. booed in chitown, a-rod battered and bruised by a suspension taking the field. the humiliating public verdict playing out before all of america. and oprah reportedly reaching out to lindsay lohan just hours before the embattled star was going to take off for a
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european vacation. the queen of talk steps in. "newsroom" starts now. good morning, i'm brianna keeler in for carol costello. and a small pennsylvania community that provided itself on never being in the headlines is finding itself in the middle of a tragic story this morning. police say a man with an 18-year-old grudge against ross township officials killed three people at a town council meeting in pennsylvania last night. this is about 70 miles north of philadelphia, and witnesses say that rockne newell started firing even before he entered the building. once inside, the gunman sprayed more bullets, then left and came back with another gun. the nightmare didn't stop until he was tackled and shot. >> they absolutely would have saved lives. he was entering the building again with a handgun and certainly his intent had been
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shown that he was wanting to harm the people and certainly if they would not have done that, he would have killed or injured other people. >> let's go live now to saylorsburg, pennsylvania, that's where cnn's poppy harlow is. i can imagine the community is just reeling from this. >> reporter: yeah, this is, as you said, a town that itself said is never in the headlines. this is a small, very tight knit community where everyone knows everyone, and they are reeling from this. it's a tragedy. the horror played out right behind me at a typical town hall meeting last night about 7:30 p.m. three innocent people shot dead. several others shot, wounded. we know that three of the injured have been treated and released from area hospitals at this hour. one of the other injured we do not know their condition at this time, but this scene, believe it or not, brianna, could have been even more deadly if it were not for two heros. the normally calm town council
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meeting turned into horror in seconds. authorities say this man, rockne newell, entered the ross township building and opened fire, spraying bullets at the 15 officials and attendees. >> as you can imagine, there have been multiple people shot there, you know, there have been a struggle there, so, you know, it was chaotic. certainly, there was quite a bit of damage and what you would expect. >> reporter: police say newell started firing even before he entered the building, shooting through the windows, killing three and wounding several more with what is described as a long gun. a local reporter in the room said, i heard more than ten shots and saw plaster flying out, blowing out through the walls. then police say newell was tackled to the ground after leaving to retrieve a handgun. >> he then again reapproached the building and entered firing the weapon and was subsequently tackled and brought to the
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ground by two individuals who were inside the township building. he was restrained until the troopers arrived and took him into custody. >> reporter: witnesses say one of the men who tackled him, bernie kozin, bear hugged newell, bringing him to the ground. this tweet hails kozen as a hero and authorities credit kozen from preventing further bloodshed. >> absolutely saved lives. he was entering the building again with a handgun and, certainly, his intent had been shown that he was wanting to harm the people and certainly if they would not have done that, he would have killed or injured other people. >> reporter: local media from the last year suggests newell was troubled, described by neighbors as a junk collector, ordered to vacate his property after it was condemned by the town, following a year's long battle with the township's board of supervisors. he told "the pocono record" last year, "looks like i'm going to be homeless because i have nowhere to go."
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with the man who says he helped bernie kozen tackle the shooter, he doesn't want us to use his name, he doesn't want attention or praise for this, saying i was just doing what i had to do. he told me when the alleged shooter ran inside the building behind me, he yelled, "they stole my land, they stole my land." this makes the connection to the property dispute that you heard about in our piece, police are not directly tying that as a motive at this point, we're waiting for an 11:00 a.m. presser, but i want to give you details how the two men say they tackled the man to the ground. one man stood on the alleged shooter's neck, the other on his ankles. the shooter was shot, we don't know by whose gun, and they tied his arms behind his head with a jacket until police could arrive. if it weren't for them, many
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more people could have died, because we know he went out to his car for a second gun. brianna? >> poppy harlow, we'll come back to you when you get more information from the 11:00 press conference. thank you so much. major league baseball slammed alex rodriguez with the biggest nongambling suspension ever, but the yankee third baseman played on to a chorus of boos in chicago. >> alex rodriguez. >> deafening, right? a-rod is expected to appeal his 211-game suspension, which officially begins on thursday. baseball succespended a total o3 players yesterday. a-rod is the only one who didn't take his punishment. while many players and fans are angry about the stain on the sport, some are also responding with humor. john kruk said, tonight a-rod will be playing third, batting
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fourth, and pleading fifth. and former mlb manager ozzie guillen tweeted, "it's all madonna's fault." every athlete she has been with has gone bad, canseco, rodman, and now rodriguez, lol, lol, lol. so many lols there. let's bring in rachel nichols, she's with cnn sports. funny comments, but the commissioner's office certainly isn't laughing here. >> no, hardly. when they suspended alex rodriguez yesterday, they used particularly harsh language in their statement. we said this was going to get ugly, well, it's getting ugly already. they could have just suspended him, talked about the status under which they suspended him. instead, they spelled out that he used multiple performance-enhancing drugs, including testosterone, they specified, including hgh over multiple years, making it clear this wasn't just a short period. their allegation is he used these drugs basically the entire
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time he was a yankee and all of those all-star numbers are fake, they are inflated. now alex rodriguez met the media shortly after that came out and he was asked point blank, did he use performance-enhancing drugs? it's interesting, brianna, he didn't directly answer the question, in fact, he declined to answer the question. instead he said he had to defend himself against the severity of the punishment, not the verdict itself. take a listen. >> i'm sure there's been mistakes made along the way. we're here now. i'm a human being. i've had two hip surgeries, i've had two knee surgeries. i'm fighting for my life. i have to defend myself. if i don't defend myself, no one else will. >> reporter: a-rod's fate now is in the hands of a 64-year-old california journeyman arbitrator. this is the guy who's going to decide the fate of the highest paid player in the history of major league baseball. he'll consider this case over
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the next few months. we don't expect a decision, brianna, until maybe november. wow, that is quite a while. his 211-game suspension begins on thursday. we'll keep following this with you, rachel nichols, thank you. the army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a 2009 shooting at ft. hood goes to trial today. according to prosecutors, major nidal hasan premeditated the massacre on his fellow soldiers who were preparing to ship out to afghanistan and iraq. this was the deadliest soldier-on-soldier attack in u.s. history and he could face the death penalty if convicted. hassan has chosen to represent himself. cnn pentagon correspondent chris lawrence joining me now. chris, this is -- i mean, this is almost unbelievable, shocking some people would say. and you can just imagine sort of being in the shoes of these victims and being questioned by
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the person that you were shot by or allegedly shot by. >> that's right, brianna. they believe this is the man who tried to kill them and yet they are going to be subjected to his questions if he, indeed, tries to cross-examine them. because of that, no one really knows what to expect when this hearing gets started in less than an hour, but just because you have the right to defend yourself, it doesn't give you free reign in the court to do whatever you want. there's going to be a lot of pressure on this military judge to make sure that hasan does not go so far as to harass some of these witnesses. when this army major goes on trial today for allegedly murdering 13 fellow soldiers and civilians, he may not put on much of a defense. major nidal hasan only plans to call two witnesses. 32 people survived the massacre in ft. hood in 2009. when prosecutors bring some of them to the stand, hasan himself will be doing the
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cross-examination. >> it is going to be very difficult. it will be painful. >> reporter: survivors have waited four years to tell their story in court. >> all of a sudden we hear -- pow, pow. shooting everywhere. >> reporter: retired soldier says he clearly remembers hasan pointing a gun at him and pulling the trigger. >> felt like a baseball bat hit me in the side of the neck. blood went everywhere. >> reporter: while the physical scars are fading, unseen injuries linger. >> since the shooting, i just -- i don't know what happened, but my short-term memory is just nonexisting. >> reporter: hasan's former attorney says he's got a right to represent himself, even if survivors have to be subjected to his questions. >> their sensitivities on the issue are subordinate to his right to act as his own
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attorney. >> reporter: the judge's ruled out that defense, so it remains to be seen how he'll defend his actions. believe it or not, since the shooting, hasan has earned about $300,000, all courtesy of the same government that's trying to convict and kill him. military prosecutors are pushing for the death penalty, but army officials tell us they have no choice but to keep paying hasan because he is a united states soldier and he's not been convicted. brianna? >> that is so unreal, chris. what happens to all the money that he's earned since the shooting? >> well, if he's convicted at sentencing, the judge could impose a fine, so some of the money could go to that. also some of it could go to repay some of the defense experts who are recalled during this trial. and there's always the possibility of a civil suit, although with so many victims, you know, dozens and dozens of victims, you know, it's not very
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much money when you start spreading it out that way. >> certainly not. this will be a story to watch. extraordinary. somewhat disturbing, certainly, the process of this trial. pentagon correspondent chris lawrence, thank you for that report. checking this morning's other top stories, both the american and british governments are evacuating nonessential personnel in yemen because of a potential terrorist threat. sources say b members of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula are planning an attack. the u.s. is also urging american citizens to leave the country immediately. major delays for airlines around the world after a problem with a reservation system called saber. the system was down for about two and a half hours, it forced airline employees to manually enter reservations, going old school there, and that left thousands of passengers very frustrated. >> we got, like, a slip of paper saying, you know, some computer systems are down, but i don't really know what else. >> the best answer i get was a
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maybe it will be up tonight or maybe not. >> they just told you sit and wait, huh? >> essentially, yeah. >> just got in from maui and it's going to take hours to get home. >> no fun at all. officials don't yet know what caused the outage. in a statement, saber says its teams are working to resolve the issue. well, in money news, the competition to get drivers behind the wheel of an electric car is heating up. general motors is knocking $5,000 off a chevy volt. two other electric car makers have also cut prices on their electric cars in an effort to ramp up sales. well, have you ever wondered what you would do if you won the lottery? might be time to start. there were no winners during saturday's powerball drawing, which means you still have a chance to win a whopping $400 million jackpot tomorrow. thinking of all the things i could do with that, right? the prize is the third highest amount in history. in may, an 84-year-old florida
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woman won a record $590 million prize. if it feels like powerball prizes keep getting bigger, that is because they are, most certainly. just how high could the jackpot rise? alison kosik joining us live from new york. first off, alison, have you bought your ticket? >> no, i haven't. i admit it, i haven't yet, but i still have time. a lot of dreams, brianna, are riding on this powerball drawing happening wednesday night. the $400 million jackpot is enticing people to line up in hopes they'll get a piece of it, which means the jackpot is going to grow even bigger. americans have $400 million reasons to look forward to wednesday night. >> get out these tickets, folks. >> reporter: the powerball jackpot keeping stores like this busy across the u.s. >> powerball, five tickets. >> they are not buying dollar
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tickets, ten, 20, more. >> reporter: this jackpot is already the third largest powerball ever, and the more who buy, the bigger the pot. players may be vying for much more in years to come. >> you could see maybe in the next several years, maybe an elusive billion dollar jackpot. >> that's right, a billion with a "b." since the first drawing in 1992, jackpots have gotten bigger and bigger and bigger. in june, gloria mckenzie in florida won the biggest jackpot ever, $590 million. >> in the last couple years, there's been a merger between the mega millions and the powerball, and now you can buy both in just about every state in the united states, which gives you a much bigger pool of bidders, which makes the jackpot pools bigger, as well. powerball, at the same time, doubled the price of their ticket from $1 to $2. >> reporter: powerball tickets are sold in 43 states, washington, d.c., and the virgin
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islands, but the chances of winning the jackpot, less than 1 in 175 million. that's not discouraging these buyers. >> this is the winning ticket right here. >> feeling lucky today. >> okay, if you've got a ticket or two at this point, powerball officials say don't just focus on the jackpot, because this game hasn't had a jackpot winner for more than a month but has doled out smaller prizes where some players have become million dollar winners just winning, you know, with a few numbers instead of all six, brianna. the key is to check your tickets really well. >> don't get greedy, could get a little something, even if you don't get the whole thing. alison kosik, thanks so much. go buy your ticket. >> i will, i will. now just ahead in the "newsroom," we have a river rescue that was caught on tape. you can see who jumped in to help a young girl when a powerful current sucked her in and she couldn't get out. we have that story straight ahead. ter million tweeters are tweeting.
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child, and a dog were all found dead in a burned-out home and san diego police have named james lee dimaggio, a friend of the mother's, as a suspect. authorities say he may be driving a blue nissan versa. and a new high school opening here in atlanta tomorrow will include an indoor rifle range used by junior rotc and rifle students once it is safety certified within the next 30 days. the facility is modelled on one already in use at another atlanta high school. parents tell our affiliate wtsb they are confident the school will implement the right measures to keep everyone safe. detroit has hired christie's auction house to appriaise the city's world class collection, but does not mean the city will sell the art. kevin orr, the city's emergency manager, is not ruling out a sale in a bid to slash billions of dollars in debt.
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a 9-year-old kansas girl sucked into a river by high water and rapid currents can thank a police officer and others for her rescue. police say the girl and her sister were sitting with their feet in the water sunday when she was swept away. her 17-year-old sister jumped in to help, she got sucked in, too, but the older girl managed to escape and ran to get help. check out this video of some severe storms in kansas yesterday. you can hear them, too. lightning, rain, powerful winds blowing upwards of 80 miles an hour. let's get to meteorologist indra petersons, she's monitoring it all. indra, we're watching damaging storms and heavy rains moving through kansas and missouri here. >> we've been watching storms training really through kansas and missouri overnight in missouri last night, we're talking about four to nine inches of rain. that's an unbelievable high amount of rain. actually want to show you the radar where they saw rainfall rates about two inches per hour. take you over to the radar
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quick, right around waynesville, really starting to see the systems continue to train. unfortunately, that's a dangerous situation. they had flash flood emergencies this morning, about 20 homes need to be evacuated. here's the story, we're still watching a low right around canada, but it's the tailing cold front pushing through the area today, expecting to bring even more rain to the region. looks like for the next several days, we're going to be talking about showers and thunderstorms in their forecast. i want to give you a quick update on the tropics. we have some strengthening. now tropical depression gil back to a tropical storm. now tropical storm gil. it looks like the model track here is expecting it to strengthen, still staying south of hawaii. that's the good news on gil, but right behind it, we have category-one hurricane. still expected to weaken as we go farther out in the distance, but very careful whether or not it does head towards hawaii. we're talking about heat. anywhere up to 115 degrees. that's what the heat indexes
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feel like today. if you're in texas, arkansas, louisiana, i feel for you guys. no, thanks. >> no, thanks, at all. i can't do the triple digits. in dry climates i'm just wilting. yeah, all right. indra petersons. thank you for that. still to come, a school bus beating caught on tape. >> no, you got that get somebody here quick, quick, quick. they about to beat this boy to death. please get somebody here quick. there's nothing i can do. >> now this bus driver is under fire by those who say that he should have done more. up next, he talks to cnn and he responds to his critics. [ male announcer ] here's a word you should keep in mind. unbiased. some brokerage firms are. but way too many aren't. why? because selling their funds makes them more money. which makes you wonder -- isn't that a conflict? search "proprietary mutual funds." yikes! then go to e-trade. we've got over 8,000 mutual funds, and not one of them has our name on it. we're in the business of finding the right investments for you. e-trade. less for us. more for you.
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i really felt like i could make a difference and then i should make a difference. >> all new this half hour, a family affair, chelsea clinton in a cnn exclusive.
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might she run for office? plus the american dream and why it's getting more expensive to achieve it. is the time to buy running out? and this -- >> this country treats us like dogs. >> you need to go. >> what? >> get the hell out of my house. >> i'm sorry, mr. butler, didn't mean to make fun of your hero. >> "the butler," cnn was at the premiere on the red carpet. "newsroom" continues now. a school bus beating caught on tape. this is a video that's gone viral and prompting a lot of people to ask questions about why the school bus driver onboard didn't intervene. in july, a 13-year-old boy was attacked by three 15-year-old boys, as you see here. the victim was left with a broken arm and now the 64-year-old bus driver is speaking out. cnn's piers morgan spoke to john moody last night and asked him
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to respond to the critics who say he should have done more. >> it's been policy that bus drivers do not jump in the middle of a fight. and me jumping in the middle of that fight with three boys, it would have been more dangerous for other students on the bus, as far as myself. it's just no telling what might have happened. >> so different school districts have different policies. some say that bus drivers cannot intervene, but let's get a little more on what the specifics of this case is. cnn's pamela brown joining me now live from new york. pamela, what was this school district's policy? >> well, in this school district in particular, brianna, the driver was not required to physically intervene. he was just required to do what was necessary in order to temper the situation and help the young victim who was being attacked by those three students. but you know, brianna, unlike in schools where you have teachers, you have administrators who step in when a fight breaks out, on
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school buses when violence happens, there's usually only one adult and that is the school bus driver. the questions we're exploring, what should drivers do when violence breaks out and what's being done to break the cycle? this disturbing cell phone video showing three teens brutally beating a 13-year-old boy in pinellas, florida, in july is just the latest example of bullying onboard school buses. >> got to get somebody here, quick, quick, quick. they are about to beat this boy to death. >> reporter: the driver behind the wheel in this case, 64-year-old john moody. instead of jumping in to break up the fight, he looked on in horror and called on for help. >> i was looking like i was in shock, i was petrified. >> reporter: school policy gives drivers the choice of whether they should physically intervene. in fact, there is no nationwide policy how to deal with school bus violence. every school district has its own. >> the driver has to take the
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totality of the circumstances into consideration. if the driver leaves the front of the bus, does he put other children at risk? >> reporter: nearly 10% of bullying incidents involving middle and high school students happen on the bus. it's not only students being bullied, remember this grandmother who was mercilessly taunted by people on the bus she was monitoring? and sometimes parents get involved. this mother pleaded no contest to slapping a student on her child's bus and this dad marched onboard to confront his daughter's bully. >> this is my daughter, and i will kill [ bleep ] for her. >> the extension of the school and the same discipline apply. when they do do something, it's harder for one adult to intervene. >> and now some districts are trying to put the brakes on school bus bullying. many states, including ohio, oregon, iowa, and florida give
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antibullying training to drivers but many think the responsibility ultimately lies with parents. talk with your kids about bullying and meet with the child's school bus driver and talk to them about assigned seating if there is potential for bullying, but this seems to be a growing problem, brianna. there's no perfect fix, but parents have a reasonable expectation when their child gets on the bus, they are going to be safe. >> certainly. pamela brown, thank you for that report. this is cnn breaking news. >> okay, we have some breaking news coming into the "newsroom" right now. this is about former president george w. bush. we have just learned from his office that a blockage was discovered in an artery in his heart and he had a stent placed to open the blockage. in a statement coming from his office, it says that during his annual physical examination, which he gets at the cooper clinic in dallas, and this happened just yesterday, that this blockage was discovered
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then. his doctors recommended that he go ahead with this process, so it's a stent being placed in the artery it appears to open the blockage. this is a procedure that was performed successfully this morning, without complication, according to this statement, this took place at texas health presbyterian hospital. he is, according to had his office, in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow. so he's still in the hospital. and resume his normal schedule on thursday. certainly, they are saying here that it does appear to be somewhat normal and he's trying to get back to work here already this week. according to the statement, he is grateful, of course, to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him. again, former president george w. bush, who we most recently saw in april when his presidential library opened there at smu in dallas. he has had a stent placed in his heart to deal with the blockage. as we get more details, we will be bringing those to you, but we'll be right back after a quick break. ♪
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this is cnn breaking news. >> all right, we have breaking news coming in to cnn right now. we just learned former president george w. bush underwent a procedure this morning where he had a stent put in his heart to open up a blockage that was discovered in an artery. he went in yesterday for just really a routine physical examination, which he gets every year at the cooper clinic in dallas, and this is something that his doctors there discovered. so, according to a statement that's come out from his office, the procedure was performed successfully this morning, without complication, and as you know, he's someone who really does like to keep busy and his office is saying here, no big deal. he's in the hospital looking forward to getting out tomorrow and getting back to work. so let's go ahead now and bring in jason johnson, he's a
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political science professor at hirum college. we were going to talk about chelsea clinton, but this is what we're talking about now. it's sort of surprising to me, because when i think of the bush white house, george w. bush is the last person whose heart i would worry about. >> we worry more about dick cheney and older people. this is a reflection of what can often happen to anybody after they retire. your body sort of slows down a bit, even though george bush is a healthy guy, this is not uncommon for a man his age. >> he's eluded to what it's like to get older. we know he's had back surgery in the last year, although that's sort of kept quiet and we learned about it months after the fact. why do you think politicians don't like to talk about their health? you have to if you're president, but if you're not, you can keep it under wraps, talk about it after the fact. >> you want to be vigorous and people see you as the man or one day a woman you were when you were in office. i'll tell you, all those times i saw george bush carrying brush,
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i thought it was for political reasons, but maybe it was hurting his back at the time. that's really common. they like to stay out of the limelight once someone else is in office. >> not to say clearing brush is bizar bizarre, but he did enjoy toiling, if you will. we are going to talk about chelsea clinton, because that's why we had you here. she said to cnn in an exclusive interview that she did while she was in africa, she was sort of asked about, hey, would you ever run, and she didn't shut the door on it. as you know in politics, it's not just about what you say, it is about what you do not say. what do you make of this? you think we could ever see her run? >> haven't we heard her mother hem and haw for the last six or seven years, as well? this is a clinton thing. i think if chelsea found the right opportunity, the clinton name is never going to not have cache in u.s. politics. it will be a kennedy-type name. it will be an obama-type name. i'm not surprised she's leaving the door open and if the opportunity arises, she'll go for it.
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>> okay, let's listen to exactly what she said, because we're going to parse every single word. here it is. >> i'm also grateful to live in a city and a state and a country where i really believe in my elected officials and their ethos and competencies. one day if i thought i could make more of a difference in the public sector or if i didn't like how my city, state, or country were being run, i'd have to ask and answer that question. >> okay, she's saying i'd ask and answer that question some time in the future maybe. certainly, as a clinton, she would have access to an amazing network of fundraisers, the name recognition would be huge for her. i think we can say that she's pretty likable. >> right. >> but is she the kind of dynamo -- i think of her as reserved. is she the dynamo that really sort of real retail politician we see in, like, hillary clinton or bill clinton? they really get into this stuff, she doesn't seem to as much. >> life can change you.
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if you decide you want to run for office, if there's something that motivates you, dan quayle's son ran and got elected to office. anyone can pull this off if you find an issue that motivates you. maybe it will be health care or some other issue that occurs to her. the door is open. >> we'll see. i've talked to some clinton folks and they say don't be thinking she's running so fast. we'll see, though. time can change someone, as you see. jason johnson, thank you for being here with us. >> thank you. it's been two years since oprah said good-bye to daytime talk and even longer since she saturday on the big screen, but now she's back. >> i don't know how much stories you're going to hear, because they done swore him to some kind of secret code. >> up next, nischelle turner joins us live from new york to talk about oprah's comeback and why her new role is causing a lot of buzz. but your erectile dysfunction - it could be a question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right.
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actress lindsay lohan is getting advice from an unlikely source. according to tmz, the 27-year-old actress cancelled a three-week trip to europe because oprah told her not to go. that's right, tmz reporting lohan called off the trip after the queen of daytime told her the risk of relapsing was too great. lohan, who has struggled very publicly with substance abuse, is scheduled to sit down with oprah for an exclusive interview later this month. now speaking of oprah, the media mogul is causing buzz in her new movie "the butler." movie critics already talking about a possible oscar win for her role. let's take a quick look. >> they say this new white boy's smooth. >> i'm thrilled to be working with all of you over the next four years. >> dr. king, what did your daddy do? >> he's a butler. >> plays an important role in our history.
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>> something special is going on here, dad. >> i know your son is a freedom rider. >> turn the bus! everybody out! >> i never understood what you all really went through. you have changed my heart. >> i don't know. nischelle turner joining me live from new york. i think it could even get best score. i'm getting, like, goose bumps from the music. >> well, i've seen it twice, brianna, if that tells you anything. this definitely is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and it definitely featured one of the most anticipated acting comebacks in quite a while. we're talking about "lee daniels: the butler," it's about the white house butler eugene allen, who served eight u.s. presidents. it has the civil rights backdrop and a star-studded cast, which does include ms. oprah winfrey herself in her first major movie role in 15 years. she plays the wife of the butler in the movie, played by forrest
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whittaker. they have chemistry on screen. the early chatter for this movie is somewhere between positive. there are scenes in this movie that really stick with you, really stick with you. >> and you actually had a chance to sit down and talk with forrest whittaker. he's, obviously, aware of all the oscar buzz. what did he say? >> yeah, i actually sat down with forrest whittaker yesterday and then we also spoke with him last night at the premiere of this movie, cnn did. their director, lee daniels, was also there at the premiere last night and forrest talked about just how excited he was for people to finally see this movie, a movie he had been working on for so long. take a look at this. >> i haven't gone that far into it. i was just hoping people would like the film. luckily, it seems a lot of the people who have seen it do. i'm excited to see how people respond tonight. >> so you hear that there's a lot of excitement surrounding this movie, a lot of buzz surrounding this movie, and it
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does open on august 16th, so people don't have that long to wait until they see it. but by the way, some of the other cast, can i just kind of throw some out to you, robin williams plays dwight eisenhower. >> interesting. >> you laugh, but when you see it -- lee an shriver, james mozdon plays john f. kennedy. jane fonda plays nancy reagan, we've heard a lot about that, as well. >> sorry, i think we actually -- do we have some oprah sound, guys, is that right? >> i think -- >> we got to hear from oprah. >> we're going to talk about that, because i actually sat down and did a one-on-one with oprah yesterday, and we talked about a lot of things. you know it's going to be a good interview, brianna, when oprah comes in and gives you a high five. >> all right. >> let's hear a little bit of what she had to say. >> the conversation that is had in this film about race, race
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relations, racism, we're still having that conversation today. >> i think we'll be having that conversation for a long time, because, you know, all of this, the conversations about race and the conversations about profiling, regardless of what race is being profiled, is really about our march to humanity. it's about our march to not feeling one another. >> so we touched on race, we touched on race relations. i also asked her, brianna, if she, as oprah winfrey, who we know larger than life today still experiences racism, and she gave a very interesting answer. the full interview with oprah will be on tomorrow on "new day" and then, of course, it will be on here, as well. i will bring you guys the conversation i had with ms. winfreythat. and you look lovely, as always, with miss winfrey. >> i had to give y'all that picture. i had to brag a little bit, it's miss oprah. >> all right, thanks, nischelle.
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welcome back to the newsroom. i'm brianna keilar in for carol costello. we're checking your top stories. first to southern california
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where officials have issued an amber alert for a missing 16-year-old girl and her 18-year-old brother. this weekend, her mother, a child, and a dog were all found dead in a burned out home. police have named james lee dimaggio as a suspect. he may be driving a blue nissan versa. take a look at this sinkhole in miami beach. it actually swallowed the car there, or the end of it, and apparently the driver was just sitting at the stop sign when his car started to sink. his car didn't make it. he got out okay, but the sinkhole was caused by a water main break, which has since been sixed. school was fun in those days. the girls. the parties. >> oh, you've seen this. universal pictures classic "animal house," that always talked about princeton review list of top party schools is back out. and the university of iowa was given this year's top spot. the other schools on the list, the university of california,
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santa barbara. my mom's alma mater, actually. the university of illinois at urbana champaign. west virginia university, and syracuse university. well, tough break for tony stewart. the three-time sprint cup champ is taken to the hospital after a dirt track crash. we have details ahead in bleacher report. humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. which is why at liberty mutual insurance, auto policies come with new car replacement and accident forgiveness if you qualify. see what else comes standard at liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? to experience the precision handling of the lexus performance vehicles, including the gs and all-new is. ♪ this is the pursuit of perfection.
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as expected, major league baseball suspended alex rodriguez for the rest of the season and all of next season, but he was out on the field, playing for the yankees last night and andy scholes joining us now with more in this morning's bleacher report. hey, andy. >> good morning, breanna. major league baseball hit a-rod with the harshest punishment his sport has ever seen, but since he's appealing the decision, he gets to play while his case is heard. and that could take three to four months. and fans in chicago let a-rod hear it when he came to the plate in the second inning. he plu up a single into left field in his first at bat. that was a-rod's only hit of the night. he finished 1 for 4. and after the game, a-rod said he was happy to be back out there on the field with his teammates, but he just wants to concentrate on baseball for the rest of the season. bad news for tony stewart fans. the three-time sprint cup
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champion crashed while competes in a dirt track race last night in iowa. he had to be taken out on a stretcher. stewart suffered a broken tibia and fibya, which required surgery. no word yet on how long he's going to be out. remember, it was just last week that stewart was involved in this rollover accident during a race in ottawa. now, he walked away from that wreck just fine, but breanna, last night he was not as lucky. >> that's awful! and you know, he's one of the nascar drivers who actually does the dirt track stuff. most of them don't do that anymore. so that's kind of like, you know, sort of his thing. >> sticking to his roots. >> yeah, such a shame. thank you so much, andy, we really appreciate it. and the next hour of cnn newsroom begins right now.
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good morning. i'm brianna keilar in for carol costello. and we begin with breaking news about the health of former president george w. bush. we are learning that just this morning he underwent a stent procedure. this comes just one day after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery during a physical examination. and i'm joined right now by cnn political director, mark preston. so, mark, back in april, we were both in dallas there for the opening of the presidential library and center. president george w. bush, his library. is and you can see the video here. he certainly looked pretty good and he's always been pretty fit, even if this is something that,
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you know, is swla regulomewhat as we may hear from a medical profession here in a second. pretty good health, right? >> pretty good health. and someone who has really talked a lot about how he turned his life around, how he stopped drinking in his 40s, and how he's really decided to try to focus on his health, one of his big things to do, what he does to blow off some steam is to go mountain biking. and he does that along his ranch down in texas. you know, he just turned 67 years ago old back in july and he just became a grandfather earlier in career. and of course, as you said, there was the dedication of his library and presidential center down in dallas, where not only do we see president obama attend, but we saw president clinton, president carter, and of course, his father, president george h.w. bush, all on stage. so a big surprise this morning to hear this happening. but as you said, brianna, we're probably going to hear this more and more as you and i get a little bit older with some of our friends who perhaps have some heart issues. >> certainly.
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and i think this is just sort of part of getting older. and obviously he does get his routine physical every year and they were table to catch this. and mark, thank you so much. we're going to go ahead now and bring in dr. habib smadi. he's a cardiologist here in atlanta. dr. sanjay gupta, cnn's chief medical correspondent is on the phone. dr. smadi, can you just explain what this procedure is to us, install,ing a stent. >> sure, brianna, so a stent procedure involves getting to the heart arteries through a hollow little catheter, similar to ivs that are placed in all emergency rooms. but we put these in the arteries instead of the veins, and navigate under x-ray guidance up to the heart and gauge the arteries of the heart and then on a little wire rail, we deploy these metal coils that we call
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st stents. these are inert metal coils that are deployed at high atmospheric pressures and essentially pushes the cholesterol plaque against the wall and recreates a pretty good lumen to restore blood flow to the heart. >> sanjay, can you talk a little bit about the concerns here of there being some sort of blockage, if maybe there would have been any symptoms that he could have experienced, although we are hearing that this was discovered during a routine physical. >> absolutely. and i had heard the same thing, but the concern is that if there's a blockage in one of the blood vessels, you may not be getting enough blood flow to the heart itself. and, you know, people can have all sorts of different things going on, and i'm sure the doctors probably asked president bush if he had, besides chest pain, which would be sort of one of the most obvious systems, that he had differences in how well he was exercising, was he getting tired for easily,
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becoming short of breath, any of those types of things. he may not have had any of those symptoms. and they just found this on a routine physical. what likely happened is he had had a abnormality in his ekg while he was under stress, and ultimately got an angiogram, some dye that is essentially pushed into some of the blood vessels and they found that area of narrowing and put in the stent to hold the blood vessel open. >> so dr. smodi, the thing that sort of struck me was when his office put out a statement, they said, he's in the hospital today, he'll be spending the night, he's looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow. i mean, is that sort of normal, that if you have a procedure like this, you're just kind of up and at 'em the next day? >> yeah, brianna, i think one of the sort of advances in these percutaneous techniques, in ways to unblock arteries through the
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catheter-guided approach is, one of the advantages is it allows people to ambulate pretty quickly. at times, we can even have a patient undergo one of these procedures in the morning and nowadays, we can either go through the wrist arteries or through the legs, particularly if we go through the wrist, we can ambulate the patient that afternoon and let them go home that evening. >> yeah, it's really amazing that the recovery time there. and sanjay, i'm wondering from you when you're looking at someone going through this sort of process, although it does seem routine, even though a lot of times you think about the heart and certainly there's an area of major concern, what would for the former president, what would be health concerns related to this for his future? >> probably more than anything, it would probably just serve as a bit of a wake-up call. you know, i've heard he was a pretty health-conscious fellow, he was running quite a bit while he was president, and my
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understanding was he always placed a strong purpose on his health. anyone can develop coronary artery disease as well, and i imagine whether it requires some additional tweaking, if you will, of his diet, i don't know if he's on cholesterol medication, things like that, but to your point, brianna, we've got a million angiograms performed every year in the united states, about 16,000 times, they result in some kind of intervention, so it is a fairly common procedure. and hopefully we'll get rid of any potential problems down the line for him. >> we certainly wish him a very speedy recovery. sounds like he's doing well. and thanks so much for your insight, dr. sanjay gupta, our chief medical correspondent, and also, cardiologist habib smodi, thanks so much for joining us. >> thank you. well, so this hour, the controversial trial is beginning for the army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a 2009 shooting rampage.
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according to prosecutors, major nidal hasan premeditated the massacre on his fellow soldiers, who were preparing to ship out to afghanistan as well as to iraq. this was the deadliest soldier-on-soldier attack in recent u.s. military history and he could face the death penalty if convicted. hasan has chosen to represent himself in court, and that means legally, he could cross-examine the victims, the very people he shot. pentagon correspondent chris lawrence joining he now. chris, do we have any sense of how some of these folks may be responding to what really seems to be shocking that they would have to confront the person who allegedly shot them. >> it's not going to be easy, and we've heard from some of them that they are prepared to have to face him in court. this hearing really just getting started right now at this minute. and brianna, that's not the only thing that's unusual about this.
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normally in a military hearing as serious as this, the defendant, the soldier would be dressed in a full-dress uniform. he's be clean shaven. not hasan. he successfully fought not to have to wear that uniform and he's grown out a full beard as well. when this army major goes on trial today for allegedly murdering 13 fellow soldiers and civilians, he may not put on much of a defense. major nidal hasan only lplans t call two witnesses. 32 people survived the massacre at ft. hood in 2009. and when prosecutors bring some of them to the stand, hasan himself will be doing the cross-examination. >> it is going to be very difficult, it will be painful. >> survivors have waited four years to tell their story in court. >> all of a sudden, like, you just hear, al akbar somewhere, and pow, pow, shooting somewhere every. >> reporter: retired soldier mick angle says he clearly remembers hasan pointing a gun
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at him and pulling the trigger. >> felt like a baseball bat hit me right in the side of my neck, and blood went everywhere. >> reporter: and while the physical scars are fading, unseen injuries linger. >> since the shooting, i just, i don't know what happened, but my short-term memory is just, it's not existing. >> hasan's former attorney says he's got a right to represent himself, even if survivors have to be subjected to his questions. >> there's sensitivities on the issue, i think, are subordinate to his constitutional right to act as his own attorney. >> reporter: hasan has claimed he was protecting the taliban from soldiers who would soon be deploying to fight them in afghanistan. the judges ruled out that defense, so it remains to be seen how he'll defend his actions. now, since the shooting, hasan has earned about $300,000, courtesy of the same government that's trying to convict and kill him. while military prosecutors are
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pushing for the death penalty, the army says it has no choice but to keep paying hasan his military salary, because he's still a united states soldier and hasn't been convicted. brianna? >> and i get it, chris, that they're sort of going through this process that's there, but that's pretty unbelievable, $300,000. is there any chance that he gets to keep that money? >> well, if he is convicted during sentencing, the military judge could assign a fine. so some of that money could perhaps go to that. the money could also possibly go to repay some of the defense experts who will be called during this trial. and of course, there's always that potential for a civil suit by the victims, although in this case, you've got so many, you know, almost three dozen, that money doesn't go very far when it's spread out that much. >> certainly, and in this trial, i can tell from your report, going to be very difficult for the folks who were there on the witness stand. pentagon correspondent, chris lawrence, thank you. well, to southern california now, where authorities have
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issued an amber alert for a missing 16-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother. over the weekend, their mother, a child, and a dog were all found dead in a burned out home. and san diego police have named james lee dimaggio, a friend of the mother's, as the suspect. authorities say he may be driving a blue nissan versa. our miguel marquez is on his way to san diego. he's joining us now by the phone. miguel, what else can you tell us about this and, obviously, there's tremendous concern for these two children. >> yeah, very high alerts across the entire area here. the area where this happened is actually boulevard, california, which is about 60 miles southeast of san diego, right near the mexican border. the closest mexican town there is mexicali. it is a concern that this individual may be trying to get over the border, into mexico, or into canada, according to police. police still have a crime scene outside the house, but they believe that they'll be
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relinquishing that fairly soon. and they are quite sure that the individual, the woman inside the house was killed before the garage set on fire and then they found this young person. they're not saying how old that person is, in the house, and whether or not it's a boy or a girl, but they know that it is a child that was found in the house, dead along with the dog and the two others, these two kids, a 16-year-old and an 8-year-old are now with this man, who they say had a platonic relationship with the woman who is now dead. brianna? >> do we know anything else about the suspect, james lee dimaggio? >> reporter: we know very little about him. we know that he was the homeowner at this place in boulevard, california. we know that he had a relationship, a long relationship, with her, but it was described as a nonsexual relationship by police, by authorities here. and that is the most we know at the moment. we're hoping, expecting that there will be more information here shortly.
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>> so what are police -- they're saying, obviously, the suspect may be driving a blue nissan versa. what are they saying to people as they -- are they telling them, you mentioned mexico, you mentioned canada, are they saying sort of over this entire swath of the west coast for people to be keeping an eye out? >> look, i think police are hoping that something breaks very soon. on every phone, they now have the amber alert system and it comes up on your iphone and everywhere else. it's certainly ton highways, everywhere across here. they're hoping that by getting the photographs of the two people, hanna anderson and ethan anderson, she's 16, he is 8, and also james lee dimaggio, who is in his 40s, they can get those pictures out and hopefully get somebody to see them and give them a good tip, that they will be able to capture them. police or sheriff's department at the moment, san diego county sheriff's department, the lead investigative agency, they don't have, at least as of the last
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few minutes when i spoke to them, they don't have any hard information at the moment as to where they are. but they're hoping that by getting this information out there, as quickly and as fully as possible, but they will get a break. it is a concern, though, that the house where this happened was so close to the mexican border, trying to get ahold of mexican authorities as well to see if they have been alerted by san diego authorities, if there are any, you know, drag nets or attempts there to bring this individual in. brianna? >> miguel marquez, thank you for that report. still ahead -- >> alex rodriguez. [ booing ] >> tough night for a-rod, both off and on the field. the baseball star says it's all been a nightmare. [ shapiro ] at legalzoom, you can take care of virtually
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the boo birds were out last night in chicago for a-rod. >> alex rodriguez. [ booing ] >> it was alex rodriguez's season debut last night, but it was also the first game that he
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played since major league baseball leveled a 200-game suspension for him after a doping scandal. jason, what did he say and what was it like to be in that stadium? >> well, i can tell you, post-game, rodriguez first of all came out and said how much he loved the game and how much he loved the fans. but as you heard there, it seemed like each time he was up at bat, brianna, the fans in the entire stadium seemed to be booing and shouting insults. but throughout all of this, rodriguez says he wants to prove himself on the field and with his appeal. the sounds of boos and jeers echoing throughout u.s. cellular field in chicago monday night, as alex rodriguez debuted for the yankees, just hours after major league baseball announced it was suspending him for allegedly using performance enhancing drugs. the embattled third baseman talked about what it has been
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like living under a cloud of suspicion. >> the last seven months has been a nightmare, has been, you know, probably the worst time of my life. >> reporter: rodriguez was one of 13 players suspended monday. the other 12 players receiving 50-guy suspensions for using performance enhancing drugs. the peds allegedly provided by the now defunct anti-aging clinic in florida, biogenesis. rodriguez's punishment, far worse. the top-paid player's suspension effective thursday is through the 2014 season, 211 games without pay, which could cost him $31 million. major league baseball's commissioner saying in a statement, the suspension is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years. mlb officials also alleging rodriguez attempted to cover up
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his violations and obstruct their investigation. rodriguez says he'll appeal, and in the past, rodriguez has also denied a connection to the former head of biogenesis and taking peds from the clinic. but when asked more than once to clarify on monday, rodriguez dodged those questions. >> we'll have a forum to discuss all of that. and we'll talk about it then. >> some fans did show their support for rodriguez, but most felt this way. >> i think he did cheat, he needs to be punished in some way. >> reporter: well, under baseball's rules and regulations, rodriguez is allowed to keep playing ball while he appeals. that appeal process should take anywhere between a month or even longer and will ultimately be decided by an arbitrator, was brianna, it's already very clear that many fans have already made up their minds. >> could you tell there, jason, how yankees' fans were responding compared to chicago
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fans? >> reporter: on both sides, we heard people who came out and basically said, look, rodriguez is a cheater, he's paid too much money. there was one woman who came out and basically said, you know, if he did take steroids, if he did take these performance enhancing drugs, why isn't he playing better ball? at least he should be playing better ball? but there was one guy who came out here, and he said, look, i feel as though rodriguez deserved a second chance, but overwhelmingly, whether you were a white sox fan or a yankees fan, most of them really felt as though it was time for rodriguez to go. >> interesting. jason carroll, thank you for that report. how do you feel about a special tsa team searching you before you see your favorite sports team or concert? this is the same group of people who were recently accused in a report of everything from stealing money from luggage to sleeping on the job and now they have even more duties. the tsa's expanded duties now include security checks at passenger train, subway, and bus
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stations across the nation. now, those places may not be so surprising, but now music festivals and concert venues are on the list too, as "the new york times" points out this morning. and joining me to talk about this is todd curtis. he is the creator of so, todd, do you think the tsa should be conducting these security checks at these venues that have nothing to do with transportation? >> well, the tsa already has authorization to do these sorts of checks in conjunction with local law enforcement. there's been an ongoing program that the tsa has had to do this. but what has happened recently, especially, in light of some of their behavior at some of these events that some have questioned whether or not they're an appropriate use of tsa resources. >> okay. and so we've had this recent report as well, saying there have been some abuses, that some tsa agents have stolen money.
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is that a concern or, i mean, just in terms of sort of, i guess, abusing their responsibilities, certainly, at least some individuals, is that a concern when it comes to these new venues? >> well, this is a different program. the -- what you discussed, tsa officials stealing money from airport baggage and such, that's been going on for quite some time. this latest controversy is with a specialized team of tsa officers, who are assisting in special events and in doing things such as going to train stations, subway stations, with us stations. in an unannounced way to bolster security. and also to throw, presumably, the potential terrorists off their game, because day don't know when these special teams, which are hand picked, by the way, will be in place. >> okay. so, it seems like they're operating maybe at more of a higher level, some of the strategy behind exactly how to secure some of these events.
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do you think that we should be encouraged that they would be involved? >> i don't think so, for the following reason. the tsa officials, the tsa security officers don't have law enforcement authority. they don't have the power to arrest. they don't have the power to use force. and in fact, they have a special exemption from the usual restrictions that law enforcement has. in a typical law enforcement situation, there has to be some sort of probable cause, a warrant, et cetera, for law enforcement to search. but these teams, which are called viper teams, because they're doing something specifically, dealing potential terrorism events, they have an exemption. they can search people without probable cause and without a warrant. and that's the thing that's rubbing some people the wrong way, especially in some of the specific events that happened in the last couple of years, where even the local law enforcement authorities who are working with them thought they stepped over the line. >> certainly, yes, and that's why you have some civil
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liberties groups who are saying, this may violate some constitutional rights. todd curtis with, thank you. >> thank you. now, coming up on newsroom, lightning, rain, powerful winds, what you need to know about extreme weather across the country. ple physics... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function so moving is easier. celebrex can be taken with or without food. and it's not a narcotic. you and your doctor should balance the benefits with the risks. all prescription nsaids, like celebrex, ibuprofen, naproxen and meloxicam have the same cardiovascular warning.
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kansas pounded by severe storms yesterday. pretty amazing pictures there. let's go ahead and bring in meteorologist ingrid petersons, who are monitoring all of today's weather. i know, indra, you are kind of a self-described weather nerd. i know you would like to be out there witnessing that in person, but it's also very dangerous. >> weather geek, that is definitely me. we're talking about rainfall rates over 2 inches an hour. about 7 inches on sunday morning in kansas and this morning in missouri, that system moved just a little farther to the east and they dealt with heavy rainfall rates, about 7 inches of rain until about 6:00 in the morning, starting at midnight. an unbelievable a lmount of rai. they had flash flood mrng emergencies. and these systems are training, meaning storm after storm over the same place, day after day. and unfortunately, as we go
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through the forecast, we're continuing to see a cold front push through the region, so even more showers expected in the region. yeah, slightly nudging to the east. we'll start to see more rain in kentucky and tennessee tomorrow. but either way, we're still talking about this heavy, heavy rainfall that continues to fall. i want to give you a quick update. we do now have tropical gil, instead of depression gil. it actually strengthened out there. as you can tell as we go through the forecast, it's expected to continue to strengthen. good news, staying south of hawaii. yao get the good surf. but very close behind it, we're talking about hurricane henriette, and that's a now category one category and that is moving closer to hawaii. we'll be watching that. >> you can just sort of see the cone there of uncertainty. it makes you really sort of worried for hawaii. we hope it stays away. indra petersons, thank you so much. now, just ahead, a new report says that ucla's deans are flying first class while students are struggling with sky-high tuition which keeps rising. we'll have the report and talk
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happening now, in the "newsroom," university officials spend millions of dollars on lavish travel while students see their tuition skyrocket. why is ucla defending the $800 limo rides and the $12,000 plane tickets? and in boston, a jury is set to deliberate in the trial of notorious crime boss, james "whitey" bulger. we will take you live to the courthouse in just a few minutes. plus -- >> i want to be loved by you, just you, nobody else but you. >> brand-new details on jfk's relationship with marilyn monroe, including the astounding phone call that the hollywood
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star made to jackie in the white house. "newsroom" continues now. good morning and welcome back to "newsroom." i'm brianna keilar in today for carol costello. and topping this half hour, a controversy at one of the nation's largest university systems. while ucla students are in their dorms, cooking cheap ramen on contraband hot plates, a new report from the center for investigative reporting, which is a nonprofit news organization based in california, it shows the school's deans are living it up, spending millions of dollars on luxury hotel rooms and first-class flights all because of a loophole in the school's travel policy. according to the report, one of the wbiggest offenders is judy olian. the report says that olian spent
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$647,000 on first class flights and posh hotel rooms among other travel expenses. more than $12,000 on just one flight from l.a., headed to washington and then on to asia, and the report says that like many of the school's deans, she has a doctor's note that says she cannot fly coach, due to a medical condition. despite the fact that she did do a strenuous 56-mile biking leg of a triathlon and has described herself as a cardiojunkie. so to discuss this, i'm joined by john janino. and we reached out to several ucla official who is did not respond and we did not get any interviews. they declined our request for interviews with any of the folks involved in this. what did you think of the findings of this report? >> i want to first thank you for having me. >> yes. >> i'm really here to give the student perspective. and first, i really want to say that i think a lot of students were really shocked and disappointed.
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we were especially confused, however, when it comes to the lack of accountability. especially at a time when the cost of attending ucla is so high. >> talk about that a little bit, you ran for student body president and college affordability was actually part of your platform. i'm a graduate of the uc system, and i'm from california, i know what's been going on there in recent years with college tuition, but a lot of our viewers may not be familiar with the tuition situation there. why is this such a big issue in recent years? >> so over the past decade, the uc has really put a burden on students. and we've seen continuous fee increases. so to hear that we might be having administrators not being fiscally responsible at a time when tuition has high skyrocketed, when tuition services have been cut, when student loan debt has exceeded $1 trillion across the nation is really disappointing. you know, fiscal responsibility is so important at this time.
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and i don't believe any administrator should be exempt from being fiscally responsible. >> so, certainly, just to look at the numbers in terms of the tuition jump, from 2008, which is when this report looks at expenses, tuition has jumped 70%. obviously, there have been some economic woes in california. you certainly had a bad economy, and all of that trickled down to students. how are students handling this, the tuition hikes. what do they need to do to get by, when you're looking at for undergrads, all the costs associated with tuition and living expenses topping out at over $30,000 a year? >> right. since so many students are having to take on multiple jobs, taking on multiple loans, just to afford the cost of tuition. and you know, on top of that, we have the cost of living in los angeles, which is very high as well. and we don't want to devalue the work that these deans and administrators have done. ting fund-raising and development is so important to ucla. and the chancellor at the university has done a great job at fund-raising, however, we
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don't believe that's an excuse to have excessive spending habits. >> and not just to pinpoint this one woman, although she kind of stands out, the dean of the business school, she sort of stands out because of her exorbitant costs. when you compare her to, say, uc berkeley's person in the same position, her costs are seven times that of his. and we reached out to the university. this is what the communications department told us. they said, "travel by ucla leadership was consistent with that of deans at most of our peer institutions, though ucla has seen a more significant return on its investment than many of those other universities. in fact, ucla's stature in respected global university rankings rose even as state support declined dramatically." they went on to add that the school raised $3 billion during that time. and you talked about that, john. dean olian in particular raised $118 million. ucla here justifying the
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expenses. certainly not apologizing for some of these things that have upset you and i'm assuming others students. how do you want things to change? >> right. so i definitely think that we need to re-evaluate the policy and we need to implement some kind of mechanism to be able to hold administrators accountable. to make sure that they're not wastefully spending, especially when it comes to tuition costs. you know, we, as students, don't want to hear that our tuition is rising, so that we can, you know, support excessive spending, especially as it relates to travel and entertainment. >> and i suspect, john, perhaps your agenda for the school year is now upon you, even before you start school there at ucla. john jeannino, thanks so much. just ahead in the "newsroom," buying a home. perhaps you've got the down payment, but don't forget about those closing costs. they are on the rise and home buyers are really feeling the pinch. she's always been able to brighten your day.
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turning the to your money, the cost of buying a home is going up again, but not because home prices are rebounding or that mortgage interest rates are heading higher. it is closing costs. those extra fees that you pay to get a mortgage. they are on the rise and home buyers are feeling the pinch. alison kosik is in new york following this story. what's going on here? >> well, you know, brianna, when you go to buy a house, you've got to seal the deal, and to seal the deal, you've got to pay closing costs, and lately it's been costing 6% more to close on your house than last year. that includes an 8% rise in what's known as origination fees. those are the fees that the bank charges to start the home loan process in the first place. it's usually a percentage of the total loan. and then, you can't forget about
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the third party fees, the apprais appraisal, the inspection. those are up just 1%, you you can see how the pile-on effect of these fees is happening, and it's happening because of simple supply and demand. there's a high demand for mortgages at these record-low interest rates. and it means that banks are able to raise fees without the fear of losing customers, because more people want to take out these mortgages. important to note, though, that if you're a borrower la eer loo take out a mortgage, to get a loan, these fees are all negotiable. because as mortgage rates rise, which they are doing currently, the borrower's power to negotiate is actually going to go up, and the banks are going to have to start discounting these fees when they start to have to compete with each other for more business. so you're going to see this sort of changeover happen, as mortgage rates slowly go a little bit higher. brianna? >> that's fascinating. because so often, when we do that, we don't necessarily think about, oh, you know, we don't have to take it, we can negotiate. so good reminder there. >> and it can be kind of sneaky. you really have to look at the contract. they can be kind of hidden.
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you have to know what you're looking for. >> so what's going on with the markets today? >> we are seeing the dow down over 100 points. it is low volume, not a lot of trading going on. it's kind of a slow summer day. and we're seeing the dow hit 30, record high so far this year. it's not such a huge surprise to see investors start to take some profits off the table. one stock that is catching our eye, shares of ibm are falling. its stock was downgraded. the analysts say there are challenges ahead for ibm. and ibm is a big player in the market. that is pulling down the dow as well. >> alison kosik watching that in new york. thank you! and he's described as one of the most vicious, violent, calculating criminals to ever walk the streets of boston. and now james "whitey" bulger could soon find out his fate. up next, we'll take you live outside the courthouse where a jury gets ready to deliberate. 7. [ all ] fort benning, georgia in 1999. [ male announcer ] usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation.
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so whitey bulger could soon find out his fate. we're now on verdict watch. his jurors are set to begin deliberating almost any minute after a month of very colorful testimony against the alleged crime boss. the defense and prosecution
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wrapped up closing arguments yesterday and cnn's deb feyerick is joining me live now from boston. she's outside the courthouse. she's been following this whole trial. and deb, we're to the point where the judge just read the jury its instructions. what will they have to consider here? >> reporter: well, they'll have to consider a lot of things. they'll have to consider racketeering, murder, conspiracy, extortion, money laundering. these are 32 counts and each of the counts, brianna, has a name associated with it. there are names with each of these counts. now, think about this. after two months of listening to all this evidence and after two months of making small talk with one another, the jurors now get to talk about what brought them here in the first place. that is, james whitey bulger and all the crimes he's accused of. they get to talk about the torture, the brutal murders, the shakedowns, all the interaction. and day get to consider all the testimony from convicted felons, from killers. all of that now is fair game. they're going to weigh that.
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the judge spent an hour and a half this morning going over the carja charges, detailing what it is they'll have to consider making their decision. and the jury was paying very close attention. it's a lot of information to absorb, but they've been paying attention throughout the course of this trial. whitey bulger, in the meantime, he sat at the table, he was focused. he doesn't sort of look around, he always kind of looks down, whether he's writing or reading something. but, again, he now knows that those men and women, they get to decide where he goes next. brianna? >> in their hands. and so two months of testimony. as you said, they haven't taken notes. when we're thinking of timing here, do we have any sense of whether the jury could come to a quick decision on the verdict? >> reporter: you know whereby it's a good question. it's very difficult to get inside the minds of jurors. you just, you don't know. they take this job very, very seriously. and even though they weren't taking notes today, during the instructions, they did throughout the course of the trial take notes on a lot of things, on a lot of the key
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testimony, especially that of bulger's former gang member. so some of the evidence seems, not to go so far, but it seems almost a slam dunk. but, again, prosecutors put on 60 witnesses, defense put on just ten witnesses. so they're going to have things to talk about. just how much they have to talk about and whether there's something that stands out and becomes a sticking point, that is the wild card. brianna? >> so many charges and certainly, yes, observers do think that the prosecution has done a pretty good job here of making their case. deb feyerick for us there in boston. thank you so much. well, still ahead, bombshell claims in a new book that claims that jackie kennedy once told marilyn monroe, "you want him, you can have him." the story next in the "cnn newsroom." ♪
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a new book puts a twist on camelot's dirty little secret. this is a very juicy one. the book claims that marilyn monroe called jackie kennedy in the white house. zoraida sambolin is following the story in new york. >> reporter: brianna, they certainly are juicy details, but are they true? these explosive new allegations claim that jackie kennedy told marilyn monroe, if you want him, you can have him. never before have such details been heard about the
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relationship between president john f. kennedy, marilyn monroe, and the first lady. in a new book, "these few precious days: the final year of jack with jackie," author christopher anderson claims that the hollywood starlet actually called jacqueline kennedy on the white house phone, confessing to an affair she was rumored to be having with the president. the first lady allegedly responded by saying, "that's great. you'll move into the white house and you'll assume the responsibilities of first lady and i'll move out and you'll have all the problems." >> the claim that marilyn monroe actually called jackie at the white house, it does seem far fetched, but then again with marilyn monroe, seemingly anything was possible. ♪ i want to be loved by you >> reporter: the book also claims that the breathy sex symbol singing here in "some like it hot" confided her most intimate details of the alleged affair to a friend, convinced the president would leave jackie for her, even fantasizing,
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quote, "can't you just see me as first lady?" >> the idea that president kennedy would believe his beloved wife, who the nation adored, for a sort of aging movie star, probably was a fantasy only in marilyn monroe's mind. >> reporter: the book also reports of jackie reportedly telling her doctor, of all her husband's alleged affairs, the one with marilyn was the most troubling. >> jackie kennedy, she was a smart political life, and she feared marilyn monroe not as somebody who would be emotionally intimate with president kennedy, but rather, somebody who could take down the administration in scandal and she viewed her as a loose cannon and unpredictable. >> zoraida sambolin, thanks for that, and thank you for joining us today. "cnn newsroom" continues right after a quick break. the new guy is loaded with protein!
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hi, everybody. i'm ashleigh banfield. it's nice to have you with us today. happening right now, the murder trial for one of the worst mass killings in united states history. and if you want to talk about one very strange setup, let me set the scene for you as it's unfolding right this moment. army psychiatrist major nidal hasan was just brought by helicopter from an off-site jail and he's being brought back to ft. hood. that is the same military post where he admitted to